Gordon Livingstone in his garden, with the art that featured in Commando Issue 2786 "Protect or Die", published in August 1994.

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Gordon Livingstone

Artist Gordon Livingstone is another unsung hero of British comics. Born on 17th August 1934, he grew up in the tenements of Lochee, Dundee. As a school leaver, Gordon ended up working as an office boy for a local law firm and would end up drawing rather than doing his job. Fortunately for us, the lawyerContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Gordon Livingstone

Roy Of The Rovers

When Saturday Comes: Comic Sporting Heroes of Yesteryear

While attending the inaugural Capital Sci-Fi Con at Meadowbank earlier this year, I got to see James “Safest Hands in Soccer” McCulloch, the author of City of Lost Souls  being ambushed by John “Ball of Fire” Ferguson of DiamondSteel Comics as John is the driving force behind the Scotland Comic Creators Football Club (and yes,Continue reading When Saturday Comes: Comic Sporting Heroes of Yesteryear

Jeff Bevan's first Commando cover for Issue 734 was reprinted for Issue 1932 - "Born To Be Brave"

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Jeff Bevan

When our beloved editor John Freeman (or if you prefer, He Who Must Be Obeyed) mentioned that comic artist Jeff Bevan, perhaps best known for his cover work on Commando, has had little love on the internet, I was a bit stunned. Jeff’s work – both his many covers and comic strip work for aContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Jeff Bevan

This Was Wizard

In Review: This Was The Wizard

This Was The Wizard is a book I never expected to see. It is the definitive guide to a comic that is, in my mind, part of the bedrock of the DC Thomson’s output. To give you an idea of how highly I rate this book, as a reference guide, I believe it is onContinue reading In Review: This Was The Wizard

The Tough of the Track © DC Thomson

Athletics Weekly revives Alf Tupper, “Tough of the Track” for London Marathon

Athletics Weekly – the world’s only devoted weekly track and field magazine better known as AW – has revived DC Thomson’s famous fish and chips-eating runner Alf Tupper, “The Tough of the Track“, who featured in comics such as The Rover and The Victor. While Mo Farah, Wilson Kipsang and Tsegaye Kebede sip their isotonicContinue reading Athletics Weekly revives Alf Tupper, “Tough of the Track” for London Marathon